docks

How to kill an Act of Parliament – Jack Ray

dockers taking direct action in 1972

The story of the legislation that led to the jailing of the Pentonville Five, the 1971 Industrial Relations Act. Published as follows during 2012 in the Black Flag, issue 235.

San Francisco dockers call strike to confront white nationalist rally

ILWU Local 10 march against police terror, 2015.

Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 10 in San Francisco have passed a motion to stop work and march on the site of a white nationalist gathering later this week.

The Hilo massacre, 1938

One of the victims of the massacre

Detailed history of the Hilo massacre, Hawaii's Bloody Monday, when police opened fire at a crowd of unarmed striking longshoremen, injuring 50, written by William J. Puette in 1988.

Menzies and Pig Iron for Japan

An account of the refusal of Australian dockworkers to load ships with war materials for Japan, after news of the atrocities in China and fears that Japanese militarism would engulf Australia sooner or later. The strike was the inspiration for the Australian Labour song Pig Iron Bob.

IWW and radical influences on the San Francisco waterfront

Strike Don't Scab San Francisco Waterfront

For May Day 2017 Local 10 of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union invoked a contractual "stop-work" privilege and refused to work any Bay Area docks in celebration of International Workers Day for the third consecutive year. This speech, originally delivered at the 75th Anniversary of the 1934 San Francisco General Strike at the Marine Firemen’s Hall in San Francisco, was adapted for the rally preceding the May Day march on May 1, 2017.

Spanish dockworkers, Brexit, and the European Union

Spanish dockworkers have sucessfully fought back against the EU's inherent neoliberalism. Lessons abound.

Spanish government loses vote on dockworkers' employment reform

Spanish dockworkers' unions have called off a series of one day strikes after a government decree transforming the system of port employment was voted down in Congress today.

Spanish dockworkers prepare for strikes against job losses and casualisation

Dock workers vote to strike

Dockworkers' unions in Spain have suspended a series of one day strikes until March 17, the day after a planned parliamentary vote on opening up port employment to competition, with the threat of an end to job security and reasonable pay.

1949: Hawaii Longshoreman Strike

Longshoremen in Hawaii were paid less than other longshoreman in the United States. They struck to get an equal pay rate, and were out for 177 days.

1947: Mombasa General Strike

In 1947 the city of Mombasa was paralysed by a general strike by its black African workforce in an attempt to end pay disparities, especially along colour lines.